Lots of Americans are wondering about the signs of conflict between the President and part of his Executive Branch, the hoary denizens of the State Department. There is an uncertainty that comes from a miasmal mist surrounding President Trump’s appointment as head of state, Rex Tillerson. These are both alpha males; things do not go smoothly in the pack if they can’t learn one another’s signals.
But even more interesting than the miasma surrounding those two is the great news that the State Department is slowly but surely shrinking. Along with our criminal IRS, State is another tumor on the body politic that must be reduced to a manageable size.
Bill Whittle’s triumvirate has hopeful statistics on the sinking of the unsinkable flotsam in Foggy Bottom. Pay attention to the numbers:
For those not familiar with these gentlemen, here’s some information on each commentator.
|1.||Bill Whittle is the most well-known of the three. He recently married an immigrant from Russia. Better late than never. Here’s his wiki.|
|2.||Scott Ott is better-known from the old days as ScrappleFace. Back when we finally had enough bandwidth to access the wider reaches of the internet and to create Gates of Vienna, both the Baron and I immediately found his satire to be spot on. He is/was a satirist of some renown in conservative circles, writing under his pen name. Until these Three Musketeers began doing videos for Pajamas Media (before striking out on their own) I didn’t make the ScrappleFace-Ott connection. His eponymous website is rarely active anymore, but I do check it occasionally. Mr. Ott doesn’t have his own Wikipedia entry, but ScrappleFace does. He probably has a Face
|3.||Stephen Green is one of the first of the serious bloggers. He established Vodkapundit early on (you can find it archived by doing a search on that title). He is an Objectivist — i.e., a follower of Ayn Rand. While I find his commentary on Right Angle often cogent, I don’t care for Rand’s simplistic political philosophy. Still, Mr. Green has been around a long time. Most recently, as far as I can tell, he was a writer for Pajamas Media, but the contract seems to have died in 2016. [Pajamas Media appears to do unannounced “trimming” and one is left to guess who is still active there].
Three very different philosophies, which is what makes the chemistry of these three men all the more interesting. Mr. Ott is a professed Christian and active in his hometown. Green, I would presume from his arch expression at the mention of religion, is an atheist, and Bill Whittle is possibly an agnostic. But I’m only guessing on Whittle, based on years of watching his work. He often seems much like a deist from the era of America’s founders.
At any rate, these brief “Right Angle” discussions are better than anything you’ll see on the MSM. Blessings be especially upon them for not interrupting one another. I’ve given up on internet dialogues for that reason: the constant cross-talk is migraine-inducing.
As for this particular episode about the failings of the State Department, I’m reminded of a description I read once (don’t remember where) of the differences between the institutional character of the State Department versus that of military administration, e.g., the Defense Department. When it was necessary for factions of each to actually meet, the military arrived on time, complete with notebooks, pens and an agenda, ready to work. State Department rent-seekers arrived late, straggling in singly or in clumps, none had anything with which to take notes, and the notion of an agenda seemed foreign to them.
Much like the Right Angle folks and Thomas Jefferson, I do find the State Department loathsome. Would that Mr. Tillerson move more of them out more quickly. That’s a “Fast and Furious” operation I would cheer loudly.